By choosing to release Taish simultaneously as a film as well as a six-episode series, Bejoy Nambiar has mounted an interesting storytelling experiment. Film and series are of course two very different mediums and both have their strengths and weaknesses. A story which works in one medium may not work in the other and vice versa. But, before we analyse the two versions of Taish, let’s first try and put the storyline into perspective. Set in the UK, Taish revolves around a family of gangsters and a family of doctors. The two worlds clash amidst a wedding and all hell breaks loose. It’s essentially a tale of friendship, betrayal, love, and revenge. Taish stars Harshvardhan Rane, Pulkit Samrat, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh, Abhimanyu Singh, Saurabh Sachdeva, Saloni Batra, Zoa Morani, Ankur Rathee, and Ikhlaque Khan in pivotal roles.
People look up to Hollywood when it comes to the depiction of raw and gritty action. But what Bejoy Nambiar achieves in Taish is no mean feat. We are treated with some brilliant moments of action, whether one speaks of combat or chase sequences. Taish also offers intense and deeply passionate moments of romance. The brilliant editing, trippy soundscape, and breathtaking cinematography elevate Taish above anything seen in the Indian entertainment space in recent years. The single most amazing thing about Taish is that it starts on a moment of high intensity and Nambiar is able to maintain the level of intensity for the most part. Of course, there are many tender moments in between, but it does live up to its title which translates to rage and passion.
When the two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee cast Tony Chiu-Wai Leung for the part of Mr Yee (a special agent and recruiter of the puppet government set up by the Japanese occupation in China) for his film Lust, Caution (2007), he made the actor study the performances of Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris (1972), Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (1950) and Richard Burton in Equus (1977), to give him a sense of wounded masculinity, which Lee thought was right characterisation for the role of Mr Yee. Now, their masculinity can be described as wounded because among other things there is a sense of self-destructive drive in all these characters. For example, the widower character Paul played by Brando in Last Tango in Paris enters an abusive relationship with a young girl while he is still mourning his wife’s recent suicide. Bogart’s temperamental screenwriter character in In a Lonely Place, Dixon Steele, a murder suspect, falls in love with a neighbour while on the verge of a breakdown. Now, I think we can safely add Harshvardhan Rane’s gangster character Pali Brar from Taish to the above list. Pali’s self-destructive drive is a result of losing out the love of his life to his elder brother who is like a father to him.
Pali is a powerhouse of a character and Rane immortalises it by delivering the best performance of his career thus far. It’s such a treat to see a non-Punjabi actor demonstrate such command over the Eastern Punjabi dialect. He showed a similar command over Punjabi in J.P. Dutta’s Paltan also but it mostly went unnoticed. Fortunately for Rane, it didn’t escape Nambiar’s attention. Rane’s chemistry with Sanjeeda Shaikh in Taish is riveting to watch and savour. Pulkit Samrat manages to show a different side to him in Taish. In a couple of scenes with Rane, he is even able to hold his own. Jim Sarbh is solid as ever. Some of the scenes that he shares with Pulkit and Kriti are really intense. Also, Saurabh Sachdeva, Abhimanyu Singh, Ikhlaque Khan, Saloni Batra, and Bikramjit Gurm deserve special mention for their memorable performances.
The film version of Taish runs at 143 minutes. On the other hand, the total runtime of the series is 178 minutes. Both versions are streaming on ZEE5. While the former unfolds linearly, the latter follows a non-linear narrative. After finishing both the versions (series followed by the film), I decided to approach the director with a basic question. I asked him which of the two versions does he personally prefers, and why? And I got a very interesting response. “It’s a tough question. Each version has its pros and cons and for me, it’s extremely difficult to choose one over the other,” replied Nambiar. So, which of the two versions is superior, according to me? Well, that simply depends on whether you prefer to watch it in a single seating or want to conveniently watch just one episode at a time. Perhaps, the film version can be approached as the theatrical cut and the series as the director’s cut. Nambiar’s films are always technically brilliant and one Hollywood filmmaker that he can be compared with is Michael Mann. Just like Mann, Nambiar has always been considered a master of style. But his films have always been accused of lacking substance. With Taish, however, he seems to have a successfully married style with equal parts of substance.
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Her lively personality was reciprocated by Team Kshitij’s enthusiasm when she requested for one on one interaction, and the team shared a moment with her as they enacted an iconic pose from this awaited movie. Team Kshitij also made a life-size rangoli of the title of her film ‘Atrangi Re’. During her visit, Sara performed live for the audience and when her lively performance received a ‘once more’ request from the overjoyed crowd, she did not hesitate to call upon some exhilarated students who then danced alongside her. This fun-filled episode was followed by a tremendously interactive conversation where the talented personality answered some questions with utmost courtesy. Sara shared about her memorable college experience that led to her taking up acting as a career, as well as some inspiring advice for young aspirants.
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MUMBAI: Get ready to go on a nostalgia trip as Ranveer Singh-starrer ‘83’ will give you a chance to relive India’s first cricket World Cup triumph all over again.
On Tuesday, the makers of the film unveiled the trailer, which is a perfect blend of cricket, unity, and patriotism. The trailer begins with the commentator mentioning how the Indian cricket team must be recovering from the double thrashing they received from West Indies and Australia at India vs Zimbabwe 1983 match. What follows is the journey of how team India emerged as champions at the 1983 World Cup despite several hurdles.
Helmed by Kabir Khan, ‘83’ stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, who led the World Cup-winning team, and after watching the trailer, it’s safe to say that the actor has paid minute attention to Dev’s mannerisms. Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi are also part of the sports drama.
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Nick took to his Instagram handle and shared a series of pictures with his wife who wore a grand flower-print ensemble from London-based designer Richard Quinn, as per E! News. “The star of the show,” Nick captioned the post.
For the event, Nick sported a sleek suit with shoes from Maison Margiela and Reebok, as per E! News. Priyanka and Nick shared the fashion platform with several bigwigs in the global fashion industry including Tom Felton, Gillian Anderson, Gabrielle Union and more.
The couple attended their last event together in May when Nick hosted the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. Priyanka supported her husband who was recovering from a cracked rib at that time. Priyanka recently participated in the Netflix special ‘Jonas Brothers Family Roast’ and poked fun at her husband alongside Sophie Turner, Lilly Singh and Pete Davidson.
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After emerging as one of the most gripping thrillers from India with an International Emmy nomination for best drama series, Aarya is set to hit the digital scene with Season 2will be available only on Disney+ Hotstar on 10th December 2021.
Ahead of the release of the second season of Aarya, Sushmita Sen has opened up on her experience of shooting for the show in the midst of a pandemic. Sushmita shared, “We’ve become lockdown specialists now! We either release during a lockdown or shoot during it, that’s our new thing! When we completed the shoot for Aarya 2 , on our farewell, we said how blessed we were to be working during the pandemic. There were so many people who had to sit at home, but this is also a nice culmination of teamwork. We had Disney+Hotstar, Ram Madhvani film, the entire crew and the cast together. Everyone just pulled in following the rules and making it possible.”
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